DIY Trend 2016: vegan leather

DIY Trend 2016: vegan leather

First I want to say that I have never predicted a trend in all my life. Although it occasionally happens that I let myself be infected by a trend, I usually try to just be true to my own style. But because of linguistic laziness I have decided to ignore my ambivalence to trends and today present myself to you as a DIY guru*.

* You may send material donations and money to the “temple of the glorious hammer” and all new temple followers get a pink seam ripper as a welcome gift, when they join my movement.

Recently, I was asked to design a DIY project for the online magazine of Snaply (a German craft company) and I decided to try SnapPap because I was really curious about the material. SnapPap is washable paper that looks like leather, and that is off course the reason why it is also called vegan leather **. There are a few other materials like this like Kraft Tex but I never worked with these and so I can only tell you about my experience with SnapPap. By the way, I`m not getting paid by Snaply for this post. I was just really surprised why I have not already read more about SnapPap and I can really see how this material could be a new favorite in the DIY scene. I mean, paper that can be washed in the washing machine? Hello!

** “Vegan Leather” is also a phrasing that makes me cringe, like “Chili con carne without meat”. But I admit that the name fulfills its function. One knows nevertheless immediately what is meant by “vegan leather”.


The special thing about SnapPap is that it consists of a paper-plastic mixture (cellulose and latex). The material does not contain pentachlorophenol, PVC or BPA, is neither harmfull to the environment nor to your health and is completely vegan.

When asked what you can do with SnapPap, it is easier to answer what you can not do with it. SnapPap can be sewn, glued on, printed on with color or flex foil, painted, stamped, shaped or dyed. SnapPap is tear-resistant *** and the surface can be wiped off.

*** At least if you have weak arms like me. No idea how a bodybuilder would perform.


This is my favorite part: If you wash SnapPap in a washing machine with normal detergent, it gets a characteristic leather-look (see picture on the left, the right one is SnapPap before washing.). This effect can be intensified if you crincle the material when it is moist. Before washing SnapPap is as stiff as thick cardboard but once it is wet, it feels like very soft leather. The strange thing is that the material does not release moisture when it is wet. So you can easily work with SnapPap, if it is in this condition without for example dripping on your sewing machine. After drying it is completely stiff again.


Incidentally, if you don´t like the leather look after washing, you can just iron SnapPap while it is wet and then it will be as smooth as before. And here’s another bonus: If you sew something with SnapPap, you do not need to trim the edges! There are a few fabrics that could learn a thing or two from SnapPap. Yes, I mean you, cotton material!


Currently Snaply sells vegan leather in five colors: white, light gray, light brown, dark brown and black but SnapPap can be printed on in different ways and dyed. You can for example use transfer mediums or fabric paint.


If you would like to have a look at my DIY project for Snaply, you can find it HERE (in German) and if you have already tried SnapPap or another brand, I would love to hear your review!

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